Bricks and mortar

Added on by Natalie Grasso.

Long story, but for a school project last fall I found myself on a job site with John Allen of AllenBuilt, Inc., trying to process the finer points of bricklaying. And let me tell you: it is hard, painstaking work! I only stacked three bricks and pushed the mortar back and forth like, twice, and my arms were sore for a week (not saying I'm Popeye or anything, but I thought I had a little more brawn in me than that). Gave me a whole new reverence for brick buildings and the people who put them together.